Dr David Stensel
Reader in Exercise Metabolism
Associate Dean for Enterprise
Tel +44 (0)1509 226344
David completed a BA(Hons) degree (Sport Studies and History, 1986) and a PGCE (Physical Education and History, 1987) at West London Institute of Higher Education (now Brunel University) and then studied at Loughborough University where he obtained his MSc (Physical Education and Sport Science, 1988) and PhD (Exercise Physiology, 1993) degrees.
David worked in Singapore for six years (1993 to 1999) as a Lecturer in the School of Physical Education at Nanyang Technological University before returning to the UK in September 1999 to take up an academic position in what is now the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.
David’s current position is Reader in Exercise Metabolism. In addition to David’s academic responsibilities he served as Director of Postgraduate Studies overseeing the School’s postgraduate taught (MSc/MRes) programmes from July 2006 until October 2011 and he is currently Associate Dean for Enterprise within the School.
David teaches and researches within the area of exercise physiology. His primary interest concerns the relationship between physical activity and health. He is co-author (with Professor Adrianne Hardman) of the textbook Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained which is now in its second edition. David's research is focused in two main areas: 1) the influence of exercise on cardiovascular disease risk factors; 2) the influence of exercise on appetite regulation with specific focus on the hormones ghrelin and peptide YY.
David contributed to the successful application for a Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) which involves staff from Loughborough University and the University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust/University of Leicester. This award was granted by the Department of Health in August 2011 and totals £4.5 million over five years. The award will fund research examining how nutrition, diet and lifestyle can impact upon the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
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PhD Student Supervision:
Completed PhD students
- Dr Violette Lin (self-funding international student): Effects of exercise on body composition, aerobic fitness, energy balance and cardiovascular disease risk in overweight Singaporean boys. 2001. Sole supervisor.
- Dr Laura Barrett (funded by a Loughborough University Departmental studentship): The effect of exercise on lipid and lipoprotein metabolism in adolescents and young adults. 2004. Second supervisor. Dr Mary Nevill was the lead supervisor.
- Dr Stephen Burns (funded by a Loughborough University Departmental studentship): Resistance exercise, postprandial triacylglycerol metabolism and C-Reactive protein. 2006. Sole supervisor.
- Dr Masashi Miyashita (self-funding international student): The effects of accumulating physical activity on postprandial lipaemia and other cardiovascular disease risk factors. 2006. Sole supervisor.
- Dr David Broom (funded by a Loughborough University Faculty studentship): The effects of exercise on hunger and the hunger related hormones ghrelin and peptide YY. 2008. Sole supervisor.
- Dr James King (funded by a Loughborough University Departmental studentship): The effects of exercise on appetite, food intake and the gastrointestinal hormones ghrelin and peptide YY. 2010. Sole supervisor.
- Dr Lucy Wasse (funded by an East Midlands Universities Association studentship): Effect of exercise and different environmental conditions on appetite, food intake and the appetite-regulatory hormones ghrelin and peptide YY. 2011. Joint supervisor with Dr Caroline Sunderland of Nottingham Trent University.
- Dr Saravana Arjunan (self-funding international student): Effects of exercise on cardiovascular disease risk markers in South Asian versus White European men. 2013. Sole supervisor.
Current full-time PhD students
- Ms Nawal Alajmi (funded by the Ministry of Education, Kuwait): Gut hormone and appetite responses to exercise in females. Registered in April 2009. Sole supervisor.
- Mr Kevin Deighton (Loughborough University Graduate School studentship). Gut hormone and appetite responses to high intensity exercise. Registered in October 2010. Sole supervisor.
- Mr Maurice Dungey (Loughborough University School studentship). The inflammatory, immunological, metabolic and hormonal effect of intradialytic exercise on patients with end-stage renal disease. Registered in October 2011. Second supervisor. Dr Lettie Bishop is the lead supervisor.
- Ms Jessica Douglas (Biomedical Research Unit studentship) Exercise and appetite in lean and obese adults. Registered in October 2012. Lead supervisor. Professor Myra Nimmo is the second supervisor.
- Mr Jamie Pugh (Technogym funded studentship) Resistance exercise and type 2 diabetes. Registered in October 2012. Second supervisor. Professor Myra Nimmo is the lead supervisor.
- Mr David Clayton (Loughborough University School studentship) Appetite and metabolic effects of dietary manipulation. Registered in October 2012. Second supervisor. Dr Lewis James is the lead supervisor.
Associate Editor for the International Journal of Obesity. http://www.nature.com/ijo/about.html
Selected Invited Conference Keynote and Speaker Presentations
- Invited lecture: Exercise and appetite regulation: appetite responses to acute exercise. Annual Conference of the Brazilian Physiological Society. Gramado, Brazil. Tuesday 4th September 2012.
- Invited lecture: Exercise and postprandial lipaemia. Annual Conference of the Brazilian Physiological Society. Gramado, Brazil. Monday 3rd September 2012.
- Invited lecture: Physical activity and energy balance. British Nutrition Foundation conference: Physical activity: latest on its contribution to energy balance and health. Portland Place, London. Thursday 13th October 2011.
- Invited lecture: Exercise and appetite regulation: appetite responses to acute exercise. 5th International Sport Sciences Symposium. Waseda University, Japan. Monday 8th August 2011.
- Invited keynote lecture. Exercise and health: current evidence and future directions. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Student Conference. University of Chester. Wednesday, 13th April 2011.
- Invited lecture and workshop: Exercise, appetite and weight management. Nestlé Sport Nutrition Conference, Mallorca, Wednesday, December 2rd and Thursday, December 3rd, 2009.
- Keynote lecture: 64th Japanese Society of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine conference. Niigata City, Japan. Saturday, 19th September, 2009. Exercise and appetite regulation. This lecture was also given at Fukuoka University, Japan on Monday, 14th September 2009 and at the University of Tsukuba, Japan on Wednesday, 16th September 2009.
- Keynote lecture: Exercise and appetite regulation. International Gatorade Seminary, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Saturday, 10th May 2008.
- Invited lecture: Physical activity in the prevention and management of obesity in children and adolescents: what does the evidence tell us?Royal Society of Medicine symposium 'Sport in Schools' . Royal Society of Medicine, London. Friday, 30th November 2007.
- Invited lecture: Exercise and short term regulation of appetite: focus on ghrelin. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences annual meeting. Bath University. 12th to 14th September, 2007.
- Invited lecture: Exercise in the prevention and management of obesity.Royal Society of Medicine meeting on Obesity. Manchester. Tuesday 14th of November, 2006.
- Invited lecture: Exercise, nutrition and health: how exercise and diet influence fat metabolism. International Symposium on Sports Science and Health. Taichung City, Taiwan. 16th April 2005.
- Visiting professor in the Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University, Japan from July 17 to August 24, 2011.
External Examining (BSc/MSc)
- External examiner for BSc Applied Sports Science at the University of Edinburgh. 1 October 2012 to present.
- External examiner for MSc Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University. September 2010 to present.
- External examiner for BSc Physiology and Sports Science degree programmes at the University of Glasgow. October 2008 to September 2012.
- External examiner for MSc Exercise and Sport programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University. October 2006 to December 2010.
External Examining (PhD)
- 29 April 2008, University of Glasgow, Ms Francesca Burton, Effects of exercise, with and without an associated energy deficit, on postprandial metabolism and appetite regulation. Supervisor Dr Jason Gill.
- 6 November 2009, University of Bath, Mr Adam Lund, Physical activity, chronic inflammation and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Supervisor Dr Dylan Thompson.
- 20 November 2009, University of Bath, Ms Supaporn Silalertdetkul, The role of physical activity, diet and energy balance in the regulation of chronic inflammatory pathways. Supervisor Dr Dylan Thompson.
- 11 February 2010, Liverpool John Moores University, Mr Christopher Morris, Relationships between body mass index, appetite regulation and physical activity during shift-work and night work. Supervisor Dr Greg Atkinson.
- 18 May 2010, University of Ulster, Ms Andrea McNeilly, Exercise and a-lipoic acid in the prevention of metabolic disturbances in impaired glucose tolerance. Supervisor Professor Marie Murphy.
- 11 March 2011, University of Glasgow, Ms Sareena Hamzah, Impact of glycaemic index of high carbohydrate diets on exercise energy metabolism and capacity and fasting concentrations of plasma lipids in healthy physically active individuals. Supervisor: Dr Dalia Malkova.
- 29 March 2011, Oxford Brooks University, Mr James Currie, Blood concentration of brain-derived neurotropic factor and physical activity in humans. Supervisor Dr Roger Ramsbottom.
- 17 September 2012, University of Birmingham, Mr Daniel Crabtree, The effects of exercise on appetite regulation. Supervisor Dr Andy Blannin.
- 23 October 2012, Queensland University of Technology, Ms Shaea Ayed Alkahtani, The role of intensity of interval training on fat oxidation and eating behaviour in overweight/obese men. Supervisor Professor Neil King.
- 9 May 2013, University of Leeds, Ms Catherine Gibbons, Tonic and episodic peptides and appetite control in response to nutrients and medium-term exercise in obese adults. Supervisors Professor John Blundell and Dr Graham Finlayson.
Grant reviewer for the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, the Medical Research Council, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the BUPA Foundation.
- Miyashita M, Burns SF and Stensel DJ (2013) An update on accumulating exercise and postprandial lipaemia: translating theory into practice. Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. 46: S3-S11.
- Stensel DJ (2012) Physical activity and health. In: Sproule J (Editor) IB course companion, Sports, Exercise and Health Science. Oxford University Press, Oxford. Chapter 15: 292-310.
- Wasse LK, Sunderland C, King JA, Batterham RL and Stensel DJ (2012) The influence of rest and exercise at a simulated altitude of 4000 m on appetite, energy intake and plasma concentrations of acylated ghrelin and peptide YY. Journal of Applied Physiology. 112: 552-559.
- Sasahara C, Burns SF, Miyashita M and Stensel DJ (2012) Beneficial effects of combined olive oil ingestion and acute exercise on postprandial triacylglycerol concentrations in healthy young women. British Journal of Nutrition. Jan 23:1-7. [Epub ahead of print]
- Deighton K, Zahra JC and Stensel DJ (2012) Appetite, energy intake and resting metabolic rate responses to 60 min treadmill running performed in a fasted versus a postprandial state. Appetite. 58: 946-954
- King JA, Wasse LK, Ewens J, Crystallis K, Emmanuel J, Batterham RL and Stensel DJ (2011) Differential acylated ghrelin, peptide YY3-36, appetite and food intake responses to equivalent energy deficits created by exercise and food restriction. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 96: 1114-1121.
- Gleeson M, Bishop NC, Stensel DJ, Lindley MR, Mastana SS, Nimmo MA (2011) The anti-inflammatory effects of exercise: mechanisms and implications for the prevention and treatment of disease. Nature Reviews Immunology. 11:607-15.
- Stensel DJ (2010) Exercise, appetite and appetite regulating hormones: implications for food intake and weight control. Annuls of Nutrition and Metabolism. 57 (Supplement 2): 36-42.
- King JA, Miyashita M, Wasse LK and Stensel DJ (2010) Influence of prolonged treadmill running on appetite, energy intake and circulating concentrations of acylated ghrelin. Appetite. 54: 492-498.
- King JA, Wasse LC, Broom DR and Stensel DJ (2010) The influence of brisk walking on appetite, energy intake and plasma acylated ghrelin. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 42: 485-492.
- Hardman AE and Stensel DJ (2009) Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained. (2nd Edition) Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, London. For further details about this book (including the companion website) click on the link below: http://www.routledge.com/books/Physical-Activity-and-Health-isbn9780415421980
- Broom DR, Batterham RL, King JA and Stensel DJ (2009) Influence of resistance and aerobic exercise on hunger, circulating levels of acylated ghrelin and peptide YY in healthy males. American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 296: R29-R35. See feature in Scientific American (http://www.sciam.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=different-exercise-affects-appetite-08-12-12) and podcast (Episode 16) on the American Journal of Physiology website http://www.lifelines.tv/
- Stensel DJ (2009) Primary prevention of CVD: physical activity. BMJ Clinical Evidence. 08: 218 (pages 1-14). Search Date September 2008.
- Stensel DJ, Gorely T and Biddle SJH (2008) Youth health outcomes. In: Smith AL and Biddle SJH (Editors) Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour: Challenges and Solutions. Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois. Chapter 2, pages 31-57.
- Stensel DJ (2008) Obesity and Diabetes. In Buckley J (Ed) Exercise Physiology in Special Populations. Elsevier, Edinburgh. Chapter 2, pages 21-49.
- Miyashita M, Burns SF and Stensel DJ (2008) Accumulating short bouts of brisk walking reduces postprandial plasma triacylglycerol concentrations and resting blood pressure in healthy young men. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 88: 1225-1231.
- Broom DR, Stensel DJ, Bishop NC, Burns SF and Miyashita M (2007) Exercise induced suppression of acylated ghrelin in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology. 102: 2165-2171.
You can view a fuller publications list on the University Publications Database.